Scar Management & Physiotherapy/Medical Tattooing

An effective way of treating scars that are discoloured or altered in pigmentation and stand out because of the difference in colour compared to the surrounding skin

Medical tattooing (also known as Micropigmentation) can be used for a wide range of issues.

Visible differences on the body can greatly impact many individuals’ psychological well-being. Medical tattooing can be used to combat this negative impact by improving the look of these visible differences, leading to more self-confidence and a greater sense of pride in your appearance.

Medical tattoos are translucent and match the natural tones and hues of the surrounding skin. During medical tattooing, medically certified pigment is embedded into the dermal layer of the skin.  

Medical tattoos can be used for a wide range of conditions; for example, they are often used after mastectomy to restore a natural shading and appearance to the areola area. In addition, medical tattooing can treat many other conditions such as Scarring, Skin grafts, Cleft lip, Port wine stains, Vitiligo, lack of pigmentation in the skin and lack of hair on brows, lash line and scalp. 

Medical tattooing is a very effective treatment to restore and remove pigmentation from the skin. It can be used for a variety of visible differences to improve the appearance of the skin.  

One of the most common uses of medical tattooing is for areola tattooing after breast reconstruction surgery. This procedure helps restore the appearance of the areola, providing a more natural appearance and definition. This treatment, along with other similar treatments, can help restore confidence and dramatically improve body image.

The ink used for normal body tattoos is a large molecule and therefore is too large to travel through the layers of the skin, meaning it will remain where it is initially implanted. Ink molecules break down over time and revert to primary or secondary colours, meaning that skin, areola or hair colours will revert to blues, oranges or purples, and remain there forever. In contrast, the medically certified pigment used in medical tattooing is a much smaller molecule that, despite being implanted in the same area as ink, can travel through other layers of the skin. As a result, the lymph breaks down the pigment and gets rid of it, leading to fading. Although it fades, it holds its colour – creams, browns, soft pinks and they just soften over time.

The level of pigment retention depends on many factors including sun exposure, immune system response, medication, age. It will last anywhere between 1 to 5 years, at which time a colour boost will be required.

For the first week post medical tattooing, you should avoid excessive water exposure, exposure to UV rays (from the sun, tanning beds etc.), touching the area, using cosmetics on the treated area and use of pollutants which may lead to infection. 

Procedure Overview 

  • Medical pigmentation is embedded into the skin in order alter the appearance of a part of the body  
  • Can be used to treat a number of different conditions, including scarring, lack of pigmentation and vitiligo 
  • Tattoos typically retain their colour for around 1 to 5 years. After this time, a top up will then be necessary
  • Local anaesthetic cream will be applied in order to limit pain and discomfort
  • You will have an initial consultation with an expert specialist in this area 


Medical Tattooing can be used for all types of scarring: trauma, self-harm and surgical e.g. face lifts, blepharoplasty, mastectomy or breast uplift, for men and women. It can also help camouflage skin grafts and hypo-pigmentation by re-pigmenting the area, and add features such as brows, eye definition and lip symmetry if this has faded, been affected by scarring or some other visible difference.

The cost of medical tattooing depends on the area or areas being treated and you will be given a full quote for any potential treatment during and following your initial consultation with one of our expert medical tattooists.  

Prior to the tattooing, local anaesthetic cream will be applied to the area therefore you should not feel any extreme pain and discomfort, but you may feel some slight pain and discomfort during the procedure.  

"I had a skin graft 5 years ago and have been really self conscious about the skin colour difference of the graft skin. I found Rae online and from our first consultation I knew I was in safe hands. She has always been incredibly honest about the results I can expect and has constantly adapted to the particular way my skin has responded to the treatment. I'm so pleased that I decided on medical tattooing with Rae and already feel more complete and self confident, knowing that Rae will do all she can to meet my expectations, without promising unrealistic results. I wholeheartedly recommend Rae to anyone considering medical tattooing, she has been so supportive, considerate and understanding of my needs."

"Rae did an incredible job with medical tattooing a scar that had troubled me for some time. After being told by many that nothing could be done, Rae was confident she could help and it was a pleasant experience overall. Highly recommend."


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